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NSBA is a uniquely member-driven organization, led by small-business owners from across the country who are extremely active in small-business issues locally, regionally and nationally.
NSBA Executive Leadership
|David Ickert, Chair
Olney, Texas – Air Tractor, Inc. manufactures agricultural airplanes and forestry fire bombing airplanes.
“NSBA is extremely important to me in the operation of Air Tractor, Inc. NSBA keeps me connected to fellow small-business people, the small-business issues that are hot, and to the people in Washington that need to hear from small business. NSBA is a key “go-to” entity in my business life!”
|Chris Holman, Immediate Past Chair
Lansing, Michigan – Michigan Business Network.com is the premier business communication tool in the state of Michigan.
“The only way 70 million small businesses in this country can be heard is with the common voice that NSBA provides.”
|Jeffrey Van Winkle, First Vice Chair
Grand Rapids, Michigan – Clark Hill provides comprehensive legal services to small and midsize businesses using a team of experienced professionals located in multiple locations in Illinois, Michigan and Arizona.
“Small business owners have been some of the most creative contributors to the US economy so we need to speak up on issues important to us – no one else has better ideas.”
|Tim Reynolds, Treasurer
Hudson, Ohio – Tribute develops and markets software for industrial distributors, focusing primarily on distributors of hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, specialty and industrial hose and rubber, and gasket products.
“NSBA serves as a solid and reliable nonpartisan resource to policymakers who need to understand the impact of their decisions on small business. We provide an effective and influential voice for small-business owners who otherwise might not be heard.”
|Michael Mitternight, Secretary
Metairie, Louisiana – Factory Service Agency Inc. is a commercial air conditioning service and installation company, providing full HVAC service to the Greater New Orleans and south Louisiana area.
“As so often quoted, Small Business is the economic engine of America, and as an owner, I feel it is critical to work through a national organization like NSBA to advocate for our growth and protection of our rights.”
|C. Cookie Driscoll, Vice Chair for Advocacy.
Fairfield, Pennsylvania – C. Cookie Driscoll, Inc. is known as the creator and distributor of Cookie’s Distinct Window Art along with other fun gifty products as well as being a full line distributor of promotional products.
“Nobody has the time to do the work that we do at NSBA, but it’s critical to the survival of small business in this country to stay informed and be involved. ”
|Eric Tolbert, Vice Chair for MembershipEric Tolbert & Associates, A financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
|Pedro Alfonso, Vice Chair for Communications
Washington, D.C. – Dynamic Concepts, Inc., is a telecommunications firm that provides technical and management support services in Network Cabling Infrastructure, IT Support, Operations and Maintenance, and Wireless Communications to corporate/commercial, federal and local government entities.
“Small Business is not only a key driver of the American economy, but it is also making America competitive in the world market.”
|Todd McCracken, President and CEONational Small Business Association
Washington, D.C. – NSBA, a staunchly nonpartisan organization, is the nation’s longest running small-business advocacy group.
“Representing every industry in every state in the country, NSBA is a uniquely member-driven organization, giving a powerful voice to America’s small-business community.”
NSBA Board of Trustees
|Marc Amato, Environment and Regulatory Affairs Committee Chair
Providence, Rhode Island – Walco is an industrial services and automation engineering company serving locomotive, rail transportation, power generation and large manufacturing companies from New England thru the mid Atlantic region.
“Small businesses need NSBA to represent and defend them against regulations and policies that restrict their ability to be competitive both nationally and in the world market.”
|Theron Cyrus, Taxation Committee ChairCAM Commercial Capital a division of Cyrus Asset Management, LLC
South Euclid, Ohio – CAM Commercial Capital provides access to capital (loans & funding) for small businesses.
“NSBA is governed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. We understand the tremendous importance of the small-business owner in the evolving U.S. economic environment.”
Lansing, Michigan – Since 1969, SBAM, one of NSBA’s regional affiliates, has been dedicated to serving the needs of Michigan’s small-business community through advocacy, member benefits and services, and state-wide efforts to improve the business climate for small businesses.
“NSBA is the best source for timely, relevant information on national small business issues and provides a vital forum through which our members can take personal action in the nation’s capitol.”
Greensburg, Pennsylvania – Solutionist is a marketing concierge, providing strategic marketers with tactical sourcing support with expertise in exhibit booths, promotional advertising, printing and social media.
“Small business is the engine of our economy and I believe lawmakers want to help. Our job is to educate them on how their actions affect our businesses, how to help and when to get out of the way.”
Littleton, Massachusetts – Diamond Antenna designs and manufactures precision rotary components for use in microwave antenna applications in radar and satellite communications.
“NSBA protects the American dream.”
Washington, D.C. – SBTC is an advocacy organization committed to making sure that the technology industry is an even more inviting place for small business to do business.
“I’ve worked with countless small-business groups for decades and NSBA is the most pragmatic, thoughtful group out there.”
Kentwood, Michigan – dhayesGroup is an organizational consultant and development concern that assists entrepreneurs and active organizations reduce costs, improve systems or simply lean operations.
“It is important to support advocacy for small businesses because of their additive function to our economy. Without small business and its support organizations, we would rely upon the whims of large and or global concerns for our economic success.”
Rocky River, Ohio – ICAP Enterprises, LLC provides management & financial services consulting to business of all sizes on a global basis.
“Supporting NSBA as my voice on the national political scene is a top priority. NSBA is an organization of my peers, they know my world and my challenges and they are on the hill every day fighting for me – an entrepreneur with a dream and the determination to make it happen!”
|Cynthia KayCynthia Kay and Company Media Production
Grand Rapids, Michigan – CK and CO is a media production and communication consulting company that provides a broad range of services to companies from the Fortune 100 to small business.
“When owners get active on small-business issues we do more than just further our own interests, we help make the dialogue richer and the solutions more viable for all businesses.”
|ML Mackey, Economic Development Committee Chair
Cambridge, Massachusetts – Beacon Interactive Systems provides customers with strategic solutions that deliver equally on both business process management and innovative technological capabilities.
“NSBA has a reputation for being a pragmatic, thoughtful and nonpartisan organization. It provides a meaningful collaborative, educational and advocacy experience.”
|Thomas MathisonTowerPinkster, Architects & Engineers
Grand Rapids, Michigan – TowerPinkster, Architects & Engineers is a multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering design services firm based in west Michigan and serving clients in education, health care, government and commercial development.
“It is critical that small businesses form a strong voice to express themselves on issues and policies driving economic health and growth. NSBA is leading the way to advocate for small businesses everywhere.”
Phoenix, Arizona – The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA)
“Small business is the portal through which many people enter the economic mainstream.”
Needham, Massachusetts – We provide financial management and tax advice to entrepreneurial companies at all levels of the growth curve, and high net-worth individuals.
“The ability to provide nonpartisan direction to the Legislative and Executive Branch is the value-add that NSBA has as an advocacy organization.”
Ft. Myers, Florida – Robert Schmidt is founder and chairman of five high technology, medical device and aerospace companies in Cleveland OH, focusing on neurological and physiological monitoring, as well as fluid dynamic flight control, MEMS, and high temperature electronics.
“If small businesses don’t speak up, our issues will be overrun by giant corporate interests. NSBA provides a voice to small-business owners’ concerns to allow them to be heard in Washington.”
|Tom SecorDurable Corporation
Norwalk, Ohio – Durable Corporation is a small manufacturer started in 1923 which has expanded to include both manufacturing and a master distributor of complimentary items.
“While it would be great if we could just run our businesses, the reality is that, without an understanding of the governmental regulatory environment, you can be put out of business.”
Goodyear, Arizona – Operating in 11 states, Sonoran Technology provides professional services to
“Having started the company during the “Great Recession”, I know first hand how difficult it can be gaining access to capital. Additionally, I am a engaged advocate for Veteran owned small businesses.”
Berea, Ohio – Hunt Imaging is a manufacturer of both dry and liquid electrostatic toners and developers for the printing industry, with facilities in Berea, Ohio and Temse, Belgium.
“It is imperative that we as small-business leaders take the time and put forth the effort to maintain contact with our elected officials and advocate on behalf of all small businesses so as to effect positive outcomes for the future of our companies as well as our country.”
Cleveland, Ohio – Sharon Toerek focuses on intellectual property law for clients in the advertising, marketing and creative services industries nationwide, and provides legal counsel on issues faced by those industries including copyright and content protection, licensing of creative content, trademark and brand protection matters, and social media law.
“NSBA is at the forefront of advocating for the interests of the most critical segment of our nation’s economy – small business. Being a part of the NSBA leadership team enables me to make a contribution to that work for the benefit of my business and that of most of my Firm’s clients, and keeps me informed about the policy issues that matter to small business.”